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Echo Park Named One of Top 10 Great Neighborhoods

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And when you hear that, you might find yourself asking which Realtor came up with that ranking. Luckily, this time there is some creditability behind the designation: the American Planning Association. They "singled out Echo Park because of its breathtaking topography set in the hills above downtown, historic architecture, pedestrian-oriented streets and stairways, and engaged residents who, over the years, have gone to great lengths to protect and preserve their community," according to an APA release (add: their website has more info and history on why EP was chosen) .

APA Executive Director Paul Farmer said "the neighborhood has a long history of citizen activism that has inspired not only spirited public debate, but also committed and motivated residents who are helping to keep Echo Park a great place to live."

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But activism and engagement isn't the only theme here. Festivals, classy dining alongside "spectacular burrito stands," a diversity of ethnic groups and income levels and great architecture such as craftsman-style and modern homes all add to Echo Park's great neighborhoodieness. Below are the two press releases sent out, one for Echo Park, the other announcing the other cities.